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The concept of combat power is as old as war, though its meaning and purpose have varied somewhat through time. Generally, combat power is the abstract measurement of the destructive power a unit is capable of generating at a given time and place, against a specific enemy in a specific environment. In other words, combat power cannot be measured in absolute terms but is an assessment of the relative capabilities of opposing forces.

Elements of Combat Power

Combat power contains several key elements, the most important of which is leadership. Does a unit or army have competent officers and noncommissioned officers who not only possess the will to win, but who can provide encouragement and purposeful direction in combat? Without effective leadership on the battlefield and behind ...

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